“Spending today complaining about yesterday won’t make tomorrow any better.”
I’m just going to come right out and say it — we’re all closet complainers. But if we really understood the power of this negative thinking, we’d immediately change it. If you found out that your dog’s puppy chow was poisonous, you wouldn’t hesitate trash that crap and buy the best damn dog food on the market.
So why do we do it to ourselves?
Complaining is our poison, yet we willingly take gulps of it and contaminate not only our own minds but the ones around us too.
Now that we know that we’re literally rotting from the inside because of our negative thinking, it’s time to figure out why the hell we’re like this.
It’s all our brain’s fault. The poor thing can’t help it. I’m serious. There’s research to back this stuff up. Our brains are powerful, but ultimately they’re a little lazy. It doesn’t want to work harder than it needs to. Hense the saying, work smarter not harder. So when it finds a shortcut, you bet your ass it’s gonna take it.
It all comes down to science. Remeber that time when you dozed off during science class or passed notes to your friends because you thought you’d “never have to talk about that stuff again”? Well, you were wrong. Say hello to the neurons floating around in your noggin.
When we feed our brains information, it processes it and reprograms the entire system. It’s kind of like rebooting a computer. When it recognizes repeated behaviors and notices a pattern, your neurons grow closer together to make connections between these behaviors. As they grow stronger, it creates a shortcut for your brain to repeat in the future. Like I said, our brains are lazy.
The Nutty Professors of the world describe this process as, “Neurons that fire together, wire together.” It works the same way with complaining. When you repeatedly complain about things in your life, it becomes like second nature to choose negativity over positivity. With time and repetition, it’s almost easier to be negative, regardless of the situation. Essentially, you’ve made complaining the default setting in your brain.
You see, we are fully responsible for the way our brains are wired because we literally teach it how to operate. So take a moment to smack yourself so you can stop doing it already.
Have you wired your brain for negativity? What are some ways that you try to overcome these bad habits and try to be more positive? I’d love to hear your comments below!
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